Goshavank Monastery, Gosh

#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Tavush Province
Admire a pearl of Armenian medieval architecture with exquisite stone carvings at Goshavank Monastery, a huge 12th-century orthodox monastery complex on the hillside above Lake Gosh. Explore some of the world’s finest examples of Armenian cross-tones, or "khachkars" (memorial steles with a cross), a craft protected by UNESCO. Visit two churches within the complex, as well as admiring a bell tower with a book depository, elegant vaults, and pointed arches. Light a candle for lost souls and admire the carved, lacy ornaments decorating the numerous steles. A shrine to the monastery’s founder, Mkhitar Gosh, sits nearby, providing a scenic view of this marvelous stone structure nestled at the bottom of the hills. To visit Goshavank Monastery and get the most from your holiday in Gosh, create itinerary details personal to you using our Gosh tour planner.
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  • One of the ancient Armenian monasteries fits wonderfully into the surrounding landscape, it is located on a hill and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Goshavank or Nor-Getik (new Getik) was founded in 1188 on the site of the even more ancient monastery of Getik destroyed by the earthquake. The monastery has been restored, the domes of some buildings are now made of glass, perhaps this is a temporary solution and they will be replaced by something more authentic. Strangely, glass domes do not destroy the image of an ancient monastery, even with them it is perceived as a whole and harmonious complex. At the walls of the monastery there are khachkars, some as ancient as the monastery itself and made with very great art.
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  • Goshavank is a typical example of an Armenian medieval monastery of considerable size, well preserved despite human and natural destruction (some domes have collapsed and today are replaced by glass structures). It features several churches and chapels, a large gavit and a library. Among the beautiful stone decorations stands out perhaps the most beautiful Kachkar of all Armenia, a mind-blowing perfectly preserved lace, which is worth even the visit alone.
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  • Ancient Monastery hidden in the woods with impressive stone carvings and khachqars
  • Middle age Christian monastery with beautiful architectural solutions. There are some ruins of pagan temples. Great nature and tasty cousin in home-made style.
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